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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Civil libertarians

I've been traveling all day, so i didn't get a chance to post this.

Congratulations to all those honored by the ACLU of North Carolina last night at the Frank Porter Graham Award ceremonies, held in the ATC (which is in Durham, for you NPR listeners), especially to Maitri "Mike" Klinkosum and Kelley DeAngelus, who received the ACLE of North Carolina award for their work in freeing Floyd Lee Brown. Brown was held for 14 years in Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh after being found incompetent to stand trial, charged with a murder which he could not have committed. He was finally released last year. It's a cliche, but it was humbling and inspiring to be in the same room with folks who do that kind of thing on a daily basis.

It was also pretty cool to hang with my landsman Lewis Black for a bit after the show. I'm not sure i'm down with his whole "non-partisan" schtick, but man, he is gut bustingly funny in person.

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  • That's f**king out-f**king-rageous!

    Did they serve any bottled f**king water?

    By Blogger Tony, at 6:46 PM  

  • Who's the guy with the tie? ;)

    By Blogger Joseph H., at 6:59 PM  

  • Did he explode, Barry?

    By Blogger Lenore, at 8:44 PM  

  • tony - yes. but i didn't have a sharpie, so i couldn't get him to sign one of them.

    joe - some schmuck who was hogging Lewis' time.

    lenore - almost. Especially when he riffed about the FISA bill.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 9:17 PM  

  • It's a really good picture of you, Barry.

    By Blogger Joseph H., at 10:53 AM  

  • hey, how did you get the face time with lewis? i'm jealous, but think that's great. the whole evening was great. thanks for writing it up.

    By Blogger kathy c., at 12:01 PM  

  • This sounds like a site that describes both Black and Ragin

    By Blogger Locomotive Breath, at 1:02 PM  

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